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What joint problems do steroid injections help?

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Steroid injections often reduce joint inflammation, which helps preserve joint structure and function. Steroids are often injected directly into joints to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or other inflammatory diseases. They can also be injected into inflamed bursae (lubricating sacs between certain tendons and the bones beneath them) or around tendons near the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, hand, or wrist.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone shots."

Arthritis Foundation: "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatment Options."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Arthritis."

MedicineNet: "Steroids to Treat Arthritis."

Medscape: "Corticosteroid Injections of Joints and Soft Tissues."

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Corticosteroids."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 1, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone shots."

Arthritis Foundation: "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatment Options."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Arthritis."

MedicineNet: "Steroids to Treat Arthritis."

Medscape: "Corticosteroid Injections of Joints and Soft Tissues."

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Corticosteroids."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 1, 2020

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